Academic freedom in Australia

Gelber, Katharine (2008) Academic freedom in Australia. Australian Review of Public Affairs Digest, 2008 .

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Author Gelber, Katharine
Title Academic freedom in Australia
Journal name Australian Review of Public Affairs Digest   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1832-1526
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2008
Total pages 5
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney
Language eng
Subject 940201 Civics and Citizenship
160601 Australian Government and Politics
Formatted abstract
Critique of the Senate Inquiry into Academic Freedom.

...In Australia, the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (SSCEEWR) conducted an Inquiry into Academic Freedom in the second half of 2008. The inquiry had been established in the dying days of the Coalition-controlled Senate in late June 2008. On 4 December the Inquiry released its report. A report of such an inquiry usually has the same title as the Inquiry itself. In a hint of its findings, this report bears the title ‘Allegations of academic bias in universities and schools’ (SSCEEWR 2008).

The Inquiry was a shameful waste of parliamentary and public resources. Its report demonstrates that the way the Inquiry’s terms of reference were specified, and the nature of the ‘evidence’ presented to that Inquiry by its supporters, constituted an ideologically-driven attempt to undermine academic freedom, and an unsubstantiated and scurrilous attack on the professionalism of some university teachers...
Keyword Academic freedom
Australian politics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Thu, 22 Sep 2011, 10:53:53 EST by Dr Katharine Gelber on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies